Rep. Brendan Boyle of Philadelphia, in what is most likely the harshest public words yet by a Democrat, rebuked Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Boyle’s response was prompted after President-elect Joe Biden blamed President Donald Trump, as well as Cruz and other Senate Republicans, of inciting the siege on Capitol Hill that killed at least five people, including a US Capitol Police officer.

Biden blames Trump for violence at Capitol that’s shaken US (

“If he’s the only one saying it, that’s one thing,” Biden said, referring to Trump, to the press after a speech on Friday. “But the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is.”

Biden went on to draw a comparison between Cruz’s behavior to that of Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi propagandist during World War II. 

Cruz took offense to Biden’s comparison and described it on Twitter as “really sad,” decried being compared to Nazis as partisan rhetoric and later accused democrats of “playing politics.”

Boyle responded to Cruz on Twitter, telling him to “just stop.”

“You know better. I know you know better,” Boyle tweeted. “It’s not a f—— game. Five people were killed.”

“What the f— is it going to take for you to end this s—,” Boyle added. “How many more 20-yr old staffers do you want to be terrorized and hiding in our offices?”

‘It’s not a f—ing game’: Democratic lawmaker gives the sternest of rebukes against Ted Cruz after deadly Capitol Hill siege (